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Atlanta007
05-06-2009, 02:02 PM
I've searched and read about every thread on these units and still having trouble deciding. I appreciate all the info available on the site. In the long run, I think I'd be happy with any of them.

I'm looking for in-dash, double din, NAV, ipod control, sufficient pre-outs to add a 4 channel amp and sub amp later, and dvd. It's going in my 05 explorer. I'm replacing the 6x8s in the 4 doors with polk 5 1/2" coax and replacing the factory sub with a 8" jl audio sub or perhaps get into a custom sub box. I will likely add a 4 channel amp later.

I'd rank the features that are are most important to me as follows:
1) sound quality
2) nav accuracy, user friendly and easy to update
3) quality ipod control

I'm leaning towards the Alpine due to various comments about SQ, and I loved an alpine deck I had in the past. I've read on another site that the kenwood SQ is lacking. There isn't a shop I've found in town that has the eclipse set up to listen to. I listened to the alpine and was impressed, but the nav system was not set up to try out. The kenwood sounded good also, although the sales guy spent so much time trashing the alpine I figured his commission may be better on the kenwood.

Thanks for any comments.

"that boy asad"
05-06-2009, 03:24 PM
Alpine W505 is the best all around, but Eclipse AVN726E has the better navigation... Both of them have great sq!

sarge_in
05-06-2009, 04:06 PM
Have been looking at these myself, but the Kenwood 9140 instead of 8120. From what I have read so far, the sound quality between these three is almost the same. Nav is the best on Kenwood (garmin), features Kenwood has more than both including voice activated controls on the 9140. Have read bad things about the Alpine nav. See other thread on the AVN726E - i listed a feature comparison between 726E and 9140 - the 9140 has far better feature set, though the interface is much cleaner and intitive on the 726E. The W505 is good except the nav, but does not have as many SQ controls (need the Imprint unit for that). Also needs more accessories than other units IIRC. Ends up being as or more expensive than other units once you add everything in.

andrewmoore13
05-06-2009, 04:10 PM
i have a w505 waiting for me at home... saturday can't get here fast enough.

2 Guard
05-06-2009, 04:41 PM
If you like simple then the avn726 is for you...The nav unit works well. So far i like mine.

LaserRed38
05-07-2009, 06:05 PM
Kenwood DNX6140 + an Audison Bit One. End of story. I've played with the 505 and wasn't impressed. The SQ with a 701 hooked up to it is great. I can't say with the 505 by itself. I am looking to upgrade to a double din navi unit soon and the Kenwood has won me over with its easy menus, adjustable lighting and optical output. The smaller screen doesn't bother me as much and I like how the firmware is upgradable, the BlueTooth and Navi are built in and the build quality (to me) seems better than the Alpine. I don't think I will go back to Alpine again. Their best units stopped being made in 2004 as far as I'm concerned...

sparkplug121988
05-09-2009, 01:32 AM
kenwood dnx 8120 or the 9140. I just got looking at both today and they are awsome! I have had the 505 and imo it dosent compare. The 8120 and 9140 are so clear and crisp with sound and video. Awsome blue tooth and nav and the best part is that it all in one!

lorideslo
05-10-2009, 05:45 PM
^^^^^ kenwood 9140.

jaynyc
05-11-2009, 01:01 AM
can anyone confirm which of these units have EQ configurable by source; meaning that I can set the EQ for DVD different than the EQ for FM radio.

SRim23
05-11-2009, 01:04 AM
kenwood dnx 8120 or the 9140. I just got looking at both today and they are awsome! I have had the 505 and imo it dosent compare. The 8120 and 9140 are so clear and crisp with sound and video. Awsome blue tooth and nav and the best part is that it all in one!

I'm picking up an 8120 this week. I called a local shop here and they said they should have the 9140's in stock by the 15th. but they want 1500 for one, id rather save half and risk it on ebay.

nismos14
05-11-2009, 03:29 PM
8120 by far has more features than the w505. Much better eq built in than both units too, get the 8120.